Knowledgebase : Stronghold HD > Technical

The Requirements for Stronghold HD are:

Operating System: Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000

CPU: 200 MHz (550+ preferred)

RAM: 64 Mb

HDD: 750Mb

Video: 4Mb DirectX 7.0 Compatible

Sound: DirectX 7.0 Compatible

CD-ROM: 8x Speed

Modem: 56k (For Internet Play)

Note: Stronghold 1 will work on Windows XP and Windows Vista when run as an Adminstrator.

 

1) Check DirectPlay is enabled (Windows 8/8.1/10)

When running the game on Windows 8/8.1/10 you should be prompted to enable DirectPlay.  Click on "Install this feature" to enable DirectPlay.

DirectPlay Popup

 

If this popup does not appear you can manually enable the option yourself.  Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off.  Expand "Legacy Components" and tick "DirectPlay".

Enable DirectPlay

 

2) There maybe a problem with the game configuration file

Sometimes the settings in the configuration file (such as the default resolution) can cause the game not to launch, especially if running the game for the first time in a while or running the game for the first time on a new computer or new hardware component.

 

To reset your configuration please delete the cfg file (we strongly recommend taking a backup of the file first):

1. Log out and exit Steam

2. Delete the cfg file:

The default location of Stronghold stronghold.cfg is located here C:\Users\<User>\Documents\Stronghold\

The default location of Stronghold Crusader crusader.cfg / crusaderextreme.cfg is located here C:\Users\<User>\Documents\Stronghold Crusader\Profiles\crusader.cfg crusaderextreme.cfg

3. Create a backup of the cfg files, then delete the original cfg file

4. Load and log in to Steam *

5. Run the game again

 

* If you are using the Steam Cloud feature (it is on by default) then your problematic cfg file maybe re-downloaded from Steam automatically.  To workaround this you can run Steam in Offline mode https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=3160-agcb-2555

 

 

 

 

 

If Stronghold, Stronghold Crusader, Stronghold Crusader Extreme or Space Colony crash immediately after launching there maybe a compatibility issue with your version of Windows.

Please run the application compatibility wizard to resolve the problem.

On Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10:

Browse to the game directory (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\common\Stronghold), right click on the game executable (e.g. Stronghold.exe) and click Troubleshoot Compatibility

 

1) Check DirectPlay is enabled (Windows 8/8.1/10)

When running the game on Windows 8/8.1/10 you should be prompted to enable DirectPlay.  Click on "Install this feature" to enable DirectPlay.

DirectPlay Popup

 

If this popup does not appear you can manually enable the option yourself.  Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off.  Expand "Legacy Components" and tick "DirectPlay".

Enable DirectPlay

 

2) There maybe a problem with the game configuration file

Sometimes the settings in the configuration file (such as the default resolution) can cause the game not to launch, especially if running the game for the first time in a while or running the game for the first time on a new computer or new hardware component.

 

To reset your configuration please delete the cfg file (we strongly recommend taking a backup of the file first):

1. Log out and exit Steam

2. Delete the cfg file:

The default location of Stronghold stronghold.cfg is located here C:\Users\<User>\Documents\Stronghold\

The default location of Stronghold Crusader crusader.cfg / crusaderextreme.cfg is located here C:\Users\<User>\Documents\Stronghold Crusader\Profiles\crusader.cfg crusaderextreme.cfg

3. Create a backup of the cfg files, then delete the original cfg file

4. Load and log in to Steam *

5. Run the game again

 

* If you are using the Steam Cloud feature (it is on by default) then your problematic cfg file maybe re-downloaded from Steam automatically.  To workaround this you can run Steam in Offline mode https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=3160-agcb-2555

Stronghold was made for the MAC by a company called MacSoft, unfortunately they no longer sell this game. This game is quite hard to purchase nowadays, you maybe able to buy it from Ebay.

 Stronghold needs to be installed in an account with administrator privileges. A useful guide to managing windows user accounts can be found here.

 

Stronghold has been played on various versions of Windows XP and we have not experienced any problems.

Yes, it should run on Windows Vista but you must run it as an adminstrator.

If you are experiencing issues with no sound in-game, please work though the following steps -

1. Verify Game Cache

STEAM

  • Open the Steam Client
  • Right-Click on Stronghold Crusader 2 in your Library
  • Select 'Local Files' and then 'Verify Integrity of game cache'

GOG

  • Open the GOG Galaxy client
  • Click on Stronghold Crusader 2 in your game library
  • Click on the "MORE" button
Hover over manage in the drop-down menu and select Verify/Repair

2. Run as Admin
  • Windows XP (Service Pack 3)
  • Tick the box next to the text - ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for:’
  • Right click on the game .exe file and select Properties, click on Compatibility.
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\<Game>
  • Locate the game .exe and type - File Explorer into the Search bar and then copy and paste this line into the File Explorer search bar -
3. Download and Update DirectX 9.0c

Please open the following link and download the DirectX update -

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=35

4. Check the Sound Settings in-game to ensure none of the sounds settings are set too low or at zero.


5. Delete the game config file.

Exit the game and locate the configuration file.  Delete this file and reload the game.

Stronghold - C:\Users\<User Name>\Documents\Stronghold

stronghold.cfg

Stronghold Crusader - C:\Users\<User Name>\Documents\Stronghold Crusader

crusader.cfg

Stronghold 3 - C:\Users\<User Name>\Documents\Stronghold 3\

options.xml

Stronghold Crusader 2 - C:\Users\<User Name>\Documents\Stronghold Crusader 2\Profiles

options.xml

6. Delete local content and reinstall

  • Click the "Library" tab at the top of the screen.
  • On the left-hand side of the screen, there will be a listing for the (game).  Select the game you would like to uninstall.
  • Right click the game and select "Delete Local Content..."
  • A confirmation box will pop up. Click the "Delete" button. Your game will start uninstalling.

  • Once the game has been uninstalled, select [game] and click install button in the page dedicated to your game.

This only applies to Stronghold HD on Steam

Some players have reported that the game does not allow them to load and save games properly. This appears to be because the game cannot access their Documents\Stronghold folder, possibly due to security software installed on the computer. As a result we have included a method to allow players to change the folder in which Stronghold stores all options, save games, maps etc.

1) Create a new folder on your computer where you would like your Stronghold options, saves and maps to the stored e.g. C:\Games\Firefly

2) Browse to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold

3) Edit the configpath.txt file using a text editor such as Notepad or Notepad++

4) Add the path to the new folder to line 1 in configpath.txt



5) Save the file

Next time you run Stronghold a new "Stronghold" directory will be created in the folder specified e.g. C:\Games\Firefly\Stronghold


WARNING: Be very careful! The game will attempt to read and write files from the specified directory. Use at your own risk! 

To revert back to using the the default folder in /Documents, either delete the folder path in configpath.txt or delete the configpath.txt file itself

IMPORTANT: We strongly suggest only using this override if absolutely necessary, in cases which the default directory cannot be used. If you have no issues with saving any options/progress/save games with Stronghold, do not use this override option.

PLEASE NOTE: Steam Cloud will NOT work if you use an override path. Steam Cloud only works with the Documents\Stronghold folder.